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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. V. Riley   8 July [1871]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

July 8

My dear Sir

I must send you one line to thank you for your extremely kind letter & offers of assistance, also for your valuable letter of introduction for my sons, which I have forwarded to them together with your card.—2

Your visit has given me much pleasure,3 & I remain | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to C. V. Riley, 1 July [1871].
Riley’s letters have not been found. George Howard and Francis Darwin visited the United States in 1871; see letter to Asa Gray, 16 July [1871].
Riley visited Down House on 6 July 1871; see letter to C. V. Riley, 1 July [1871] and n. 4.


Thanks for letter of introduction for his sons visiting America.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Valentine Riley
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Source of text
Kenneth W. Rendell (dealer) (15 January 2010)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7854F,” accessed on 29 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19